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Phillip DAVEY

Regimental number1327
Date of birth10 October 1896
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolFlinders Street Model School & Goodwood Public School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKing Street, Exeter, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Davey, Dunn Street, Semaphore, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Warneton on 3 January 1918.'
Recommendation date: 20 January 1918

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack. In a daylight operation against the enemy position, his platoon advanced 200 yards, capturing part of the enemy line, and whilst the platoon was consolidating the enemy pushed a machine gun forward under cover of a hedge and opened fire from close range, inflicting heavy casualties and hampering work. Alone Corporal Davey moved forward in the face of a fierce point blank fire, and attacked the gun with hand grenades, putting half the crew out of action. Having used all available grenades, he returned to the original jumping off trench, secured a further supply and again attacked the gun, the crew of which had in the meantime been reinforced. He killed the crew, eight in all, and captured the gun. This very vallant N.C.O. then mounted the gun in the new post and used it in repelling a determined counter attack, during which he was severely wounded. By his determination, Corporal Davey saved the platoon from annihilation, and made it possible to consolidate and hold a position of vital importance to the success of the whole operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Discharge date24 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915. Found guilty, 22 April 1915, of not complying with an order on board troopship 'Ionian': awarded 14 days' detention. Admitted to hospital, Gallipoli, 27 October 1915 (enteric); rejoined unit, 29 October 1915. Admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 2 November 1915 (pyrexia); transferred by HS 'Nevasa' to 19 General Hospital, Alexandria, 8 November 1915 (enteric); transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 3 December 1915; to Port Said Convalescent Camp, 28 December 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board 'Commonwealth', 21 January 1916.

Re-embarked Melbourne, 27 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916. Found guilty, 9 September 1916, of overstaying leave from midnight, 7 September, until reporting back about 5 pm, 8 September 1916: admonished and forfeited 1 day's pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; joined 10th Bn, Belgium, 3 October 1916.

Admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 12 November 1916 (trench feet); discharged to Base Depot, 16 November 1916; proceeded to rejoin unit, 2 December 1916.

Wounded (accidentally), 15 March 1917 (bomb wound, left hand), and admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 16 March 1917; transferred to 5th General Hospital, 16 March 1917; discharged to Convalescent Depot, 20 March 1917; rejoined unit, 7 April 1917. Court of Enquiry, 15 March 1917, found that 'no blame attaches to him'.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 9 May 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 July 1917 (inflamed lymph glands, neck); transferred to 15th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 July 1917; by Ambulance Train No 15 to 11th General Hospital, Dannes, 31 July 1917; discharged to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 11 August 1917; rejoined unit, 26 August 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 3 October 1917 (gassed), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance,; transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station same day; by Ambulance Train No 17 to 11th General Hospital, 4 October 1917 (gas poisoning); discharged to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Camiers, 11 October 1917; rejoined unit, 1 November 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, 6 February 1918.

Detached to Engineers' School, 4 February 1918; rejoined unit from Engineers' School, 9 February 1918. Promoted Corporal, 27 April 1918. Proceeded to Overseas Training Bn, England, 29 April 1918. Proceeded overseas on his own accord to rejoin unit, 23 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 28 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, legs, back and abdomen), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 35 to 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 29 June 1918; to England, 4 July 1918; admitted to Military Hospital, Weymouth, 20 August 1918 (gun shot wound, back and legs); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, 20 August 1918; on furlough until embarkation, 11 September 1918.

Awarded Victoria Cross.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Sardinia', 19 October 1918; discharged, 24 February 1919.

Medals: Victoria Cross, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 December 1953
Age at death57
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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